Craig Futterman Speaks with NBC Chicago About the Footage COPA Released After the Shooting of Dexter Reed

Nearby police surveillance camera wasn't working at time of deadly shooting of Dexter Reed

NBC 5 Investigates has learned a Chicago Police Department surveillance camera, located just feet from where police fatally shot 26-year old Dexter Reed following an exchange of gunfire last month, wasn’t working at the time of the deadly encounter.

The March 21 incident near Humboldt Park ended with Reed being killed and left another officer with a gunshot wound to his wrist.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which is investigating the shooting incident, said the POD camera in close proximity to the deadly shooting had a “defect” that allowed it to livestream, but meant it failed to record video of the incident.


“It's critical to look at an incident not from a single perspective but from multiple perspectives and put those put those together to get a better understanding the whole so it's deeply unfortunate that that over that overhead perspective that could have given a broader perspective of what was happening including what was happening immediately before the officers got out of their car” wasn’t available, said Craig Futterman, a University of Chicago law professor who studies police strategies and their impacts on communities. He also reviewed the body camera videos released by COPA.

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